14:25 Aintree

Saturday 10 April 2021

All13:4514:2515:0015:3516:1517:1518:20

    Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 4f  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:25  |   Winning time: 4m 55.36s
1st
Horse silk
10
5/4f
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Travelled strongly, held up towards rear, not much room briefly 3rd, headway when hampered 4 out, led next, clear last, easily op 11/8
2nd
Horse silk
9 ½
9
12/1
T: D McCain JnrJ: B S Hughes
Mid-division on outside, closed 6th, slightly hampered 4 out, 2nd 3 out, not fluent 2 out, no impression on winner before last, pressed for 2nd flat, kept on op 11/1 tchd 14/1
3rd
Horse silk
½
5
28/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Held up in rear, headway 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, hit last, pressing for 2nd flat, no impression on winner, kept on op 33/1
4th
Horse silk
33
2
11/4
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Raced keenly, tracked leaders, disputing 2nd from 3rd, led 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened next
5th
Horse silk
3 ½
6
28/1
T: A KingJ: Tom Cannon
Held up towards rear, headway when hampered 4 out, mistake 3 out, weakened 2 out
6th
Horse silk
nk
12
40/1
T: Sheila LewisJ: Ben Jones
Held up in touch in mid-division, headway 7th, hampered 4 out, every chance final bend, beaten 2 out, weakened after op 50/1 tchd 33/1
7th
Horse silk
20
4
7/1
T: R McNallyJ: D F O'Regan
Held up in rear, hampered 4 out, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before next op 11/2

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
1
611-4
25/1
T: T LaceyJ: J J Burke
Prominent on inside, pushed along after 7th, weakened after next, pulled up before 3 out
PU
Horse silk
7
16/1
T: T SymondsJ: David Bass
Led until 4 out, weakened quickly, pulled up before 3 out op 25/1
F
Horse silk
8
50/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Held up in mid-division, headway before 6th, close up when fell 4 out
PU
Horse silk
11
25/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Pulled hard, prominent, steadied after 2nd, mistake 3rd, not fluent next, mistake 5th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out op 18/1
UR
Horse silk
13
80/1
T: C L TizzardJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
Prominent on outside, not fluent 6th, lost place 7th, struggling when hampered and unseated rider 4 out op 66/1

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Non-Runners

3
Horse silk
Ballybegg52
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 6
T: Kerry Lee  J: Non Runner
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.20Pl:£1.20, £3.30, £5.40EX:£17.30Trifecta:£225.70Tricast:£292.80SF:£16.58Swingers:£4.60, £7.60, £30.30

Forecasts

My Drogo (5/4), Ballyadam (11/4), Dreal Deal (7/1), Minella Drama (12/1), Llandinabo Lad (16/1), Ballybegg (20/1), Adrimel (25/1), Pipesmoker (25/1), Guard Your Dreams (28/1), Jay Bee Why (28/1), Straw Fan Jack (40/1), Lucky One (50/1), Striking A Pose (80/1)

Verdict

MY DROGO maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles when conceding weight all around in an excellent time at Kelso last month and, with the prospect of more to come now stepping up to 2½m in this Grade 1, he's strongly fancied to strike again. Ballyadam wasn’t at his best when a distant second in the Supreme but his previous form entitles him to respect, with the thriving Dream Deal also feared.

  1. MY DROGO
  2. BALLYADAM (IRE)
  3. DREAL DEAL (IRE)

Prize Money

1st: £42,202.002nd: £15,900.003rd: £7,958.004th: £3,975.005th: £1,995.006th: £998.007th: £495.008th: £255.00

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